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Wild Edibles
We have our spring wild edibles walks, talks and workshops planned. Visit our Wild Edible Page for more information.




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Wild Edible Walks in Pittsburgh, PA!

Join us at Frick Environmental Center for our first Wild Edible Walk of the year. This is part of Frick's Earth Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 11 am to 4 pm.

We will lead two walks this year: at 1:30 and 3 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Where: Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, PA
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Cost: Free (The city is paying for this one!)
No pre-registration necessary, but arrive early, space will be limited.

Wild Edible Walks in The 'Burgh!

Join herbalists Melissa and David Sokulski, of The Birch Center for Health, for a wild edible walk.

We'll learn which wild plants (weeds) are edible, and discuss how to use them. Wild plants often have more nutritional value than even organically grown food.

Where: South Side River Trail, by the river under Birmingham Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA. Cost: $5 per walk, kids under 10 free Register: Call (412) 381-0116
: Sunday, April 25, 2010 11 am - 12 pm, and Sunday, May 30, 2010 11 am - 12 pm.
For more information call: (412) 381-0116.

Invite Melissa Sokulski to Lead a Walk for Your Group or You and Your Friends! Do you wonder what is growing in your own backyard? How about those weeds you pull from your garden...maybe they're edible! Melissa can lead you and your friends on a tour of your area, yard, or garden. She'll help you identify edible plants, show you how to harvest them and suggest some great uses and recipes! Cost: $150 for 1 1/2 hour walk and talk, plus travel fee. ($50 per additional half hour)

Please check back often, as our events list updates frequently. Melissa and David often speak in the Pittsburgh area and beyond, at places such as the East End Food Coop, Whole Foods, as well as at the Birch Center in the South Side.

Melissa and David Sokulski are popular and dynamic speakers. Topics include General Health, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Wild Edible Plants, Stress Reduction, Raw Foods, Meditation.

If you are interested in having them speak to your group or organization, please call The Birch Center at (412) 381-0116.

In the past, they have spoken and/or given workshops at:

  • East End Food Coop, Pittsburgh
  • Whole Foods, Pittsburgh
  • Gilda's Club of Western PA, Pittsburgh
  • Good Grief Center, Squirrel Hill
  • Penn State, New Kensington, PA
  • Palms Therapeutic Massage Health Fair, Monroeville, PA
  • Vitamin Shoppe Health Fair, Homestead, PA
  • Mid Atlantic Folklife Association, Uniontown, PA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, Boston, MA
  • Alternatives for Special Children, Orange County, CA
  • Student Conservation Association, Pittsburgh, PA
  • City of Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival, Wild Edibles Walk, Frick Park
  • Schenely Farms Garden Club
  • Mid Atlantic Folklife Association

Please visit our blog for all the latest goings-on at the Birch Center of Health...and beyond!

If you are interested in having us speak to your organization, please contact us at (412) 381-0116, or by email: